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March is Intellectual Disabilities Awareness Month PDF Print E-mail
Written by The Office of the Commissioners   
Monday, 07 March 2011 10:50

Armstrong County Commissioners signed a proclamation supporting March 2011 as Intellectual Disabilities Awareness Month.  Mr. Jim Kuemmerle, Administrator of Armstrong – Indiana Mental Health / Mental Retardation / Early Intervention attended the meeting to accept the proclamation.

Mr. Kuemmerle stated that early intervention, education, home and community-based services continue to be vital to enabling citizens with intellectual disabilities to function and thrive.  Such support gives people with intellectual disabilities greater opportunities to develop relationships, pursue their dreams and be integrated into their community and contribute in a meaningful way to society.

 The Board of Commissioners encourages all citizens to support the efforts and hard work of Pennsylvanians with intellectual disabilities and their families as they strive to live self-determined lives and realize their own personal aspirations.

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Commissioner Scahill, Commissioner Kirkpatrick, Mr. Jim Kuemmerle, Commissioner Fink

~ submitted by Kathleen Rashlich


Contact: George J. Skamai

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Olsen Chiropractic is named the Chamber of Commerce Business of the Year PDF Print E-mail
Written by The Office of the Commissioners   
Monday, 07 March 2011 10:47

At the March 3, 2011 Public Meeting the Armstrong County Board of Commissioners adopted a Proclamation to honor the Armstrong County Chamber of Commerce Business of the Year for 2011. Olsen’s Chiropractic was this year’s honoree.

 In an effort to give back to the community, Dr. Olsen and his staff have held fundraisers to benefit Relay for Life, Healthy Armstrong and the Salvation Army.  Olsen Chiropractic also instituted appreciating businesses in and around the area offering free first day services to employees and their families and a program to benefit younger residents through early chiropractic care titled “Get your bones checked at Olsen Chiropractic”.

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Commissioner Scahill, Commissioner Kirkpatrick, Dr. Olsen, Commissioner Fink

Olsen Chiropractic has strived to keep a positive influence in Kittanning and to contribute to a pleasant occupational atmosphere.  The Board of Commissioners expressed their gratitude to Dr. Olsen, his family and staff for their contributions to the community. 


~ submitted by Kathleen Rashlich



Contact: George J. Skamai

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Frances Bowley is named Chamber of Commerce Volunteer Citizen of the Year PDF Print E-mail
Written by The Office of the Commissioners   
Monday, 07 March 2011 10:43

At the March 3, 2011 Public Meeting the Armstrong County Board of Commissioners adopted a Proclamation to honor the Armstrong County Chamber of Commerce Volunteer Citizen of the Year for 2011. Ms. Frances Bowley was this year’s honoree.

 Ms. Bowley has been a volunteer at the Armstrong County Memorial Hospital since she retired in 1986.  She contributes approximately 15 to 20 hours weekly assisting in various secretarial skills and duties within the Community Relations Department and completing various other tasks as necessary.  Ms. Bowley is also active in her parish, St. Mary Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, a member of Thursday Morning Bowling League and a participant of the Senior Games sponsored by the Armstrong County Area Agency on Aging.

 According to the nomination letter: Defining an ideal volunteer is defining Frances Bowley’s journey through this life, her most used expression is “What can I do to help?”.  The Board of Commissioners expressed their gratitude to Ms. Bowley for the contributions that she gives to the community and the positive role model that she is. 

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Commissioner Scahill, Commissioner Kirkpatrick, Ms. Frances Bowley, Commissioner Fink

~ submitted by Kathleen Rashlich


Contact: George J. Skamai

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Stephanie Russick is named Chamber of Commerce Jr. Volunteer of the Year PDF Print E-mail
Written by The Office of the Commissioners   
Monday, 07 March 2011 10:39

At the March 3, 2011 Public Meeting the Armstrong County Board of Commissioners adopted a Proclamation to honor the Armstrong County Chamber of Commerce Junior Volunteer Citizen of the Year for 2011. Ms. Stephanie Russick was this year’s honoree.

 Even though still a high school student, Ms. Russick has dedicated over 250 hours of service to her community.  She has volunteered for many non-profit organizations within the community including the Orphans of the Storm, Holy Family Institute, the American Red Cross, and the Butler Habitat for Humanity.   She also participates in the Ford City LEO Club, Girl Scouts and her parish, St. Mary’s Ukrainian Church.

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Commissioner Scahill, Commissioner Kirkpatrick, Stephanie Russick, Commissioner Fink

Ms. Russick has been involved in volunteering since a young age; she stated that she and her four brothers and sisters are always looking for ways to contribute to the community.  The Board of Commissioners expressed their gratitude to Ms. Russick for her efforts and commended her for her commitment.


~ submitted by Kathleen Rashlich


Contact: George J. Skamai

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Commissioners Proclaim that Armstrong County is in the heart of Steelers Nation! PDF Print E-mail
Written by The Office of the Commissioners   
Thursday, 03 February 2011 09:50

Armstrong County Commissioners signed a proclamation at the February 1, 2011 Public Meeting that proclaims Armstrong County as a part of Steelers Nation.  The Commissioners expressed their support for the Black and Gold as they prepare to compete on February 6th at the Superbowl against the Greenbay Packers.  They described with pride the recognition of Armstrong County’s location in Western Pennsylvania as the heartland of Steelers’ territory.   As stated in the proclamation: “From our rivers and our highways all roads lead to Heinz Field and our team the Pittsburgh Steelers”.  The meeting came to a close with an enthusiastic “Go Steelers”! 

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Armstrong County Commissioners Rich Fink, Patty Kirkpatrick and Jim Scahill display the proclamation and the terrible towel!

Written by: Kathy Rashlich

Contact: George J. Skamai

County Administrator & Chief Clerk

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Commissioner Fink named to mine families council PDF Print E-mail
Written by The Office of the Commissioners   
Tuesday, 18 January 2011 11:29

Armstrong County Commissioner Rich Fink, a former coal miner and mine safety professional, has been appointed by Governor Ed Rendell to serve as an alternate member of the Mine Families First Response and Communications Advisory Council.  Fink was sworn in by Armstrong County President Judge Kenneth Valasek.

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Commissioner Rich Fink being sworn in by Judge Kenneth Valasek

“I am very grateful and consider it an honor and a privilege for my appointment to the Mine Families First Response and Communications Advisory Council,” Fink said.  “I stand ready to serve when needed, I thank Governor Rendell for this appointment and the trust he bestowed upon me.”

 Under the Mine Families First Program established in House Bill 483, the Department of Environmental Protection is required to establish a plan outlining steps to be taken by DEP’s Bureau of Deep Mine Safety and mine owners and operators during emergencies.  The plan would include: immediate notification of miners’ family members in the event of mine emergency; transportation to the location for mine families to gather and obtain information about the mine emergency and rescue efforts; security provisions to ensure privacy of mine families at the designated locations; ensuring that mine families are briefed regularly before the news media about the progress of the emergency response; a mine families first liaison to serve as a 24 hour point of contact for mine families; coordination of nonprofit and public social service organizations that provide counseling and other social services to mine families; and notification and transportation of minor families to medical facilities when miners rescued from mines are give medical care. 

 Commissioner Fink has consistently been an advocate for mine safety and conditions, while also maintaining concern for the miners and their families’ needs.  

 

 

Contact: George J. Skamai

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Commissioner Fink Graduates From Academy for Excellence in County Government PDF Print E-mail
Written by The Office of the Commissioners   
Tuesday, 18 January 2011 09:57

Armstrong County Commissioner Richard Fink was honored as he graduated from the County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania (CCAP) Academy for Excellence in County Government within the Advanced Certification Program.

 The Academy is a certificate-training program for county commissioners, chief clerks, administrators, county solicitors and their home rule counterparts. Participants complete required courses in leadership, management and decision-making; county legal issues; innovative approaches to county government; county functions and responsibilities; county financial management; risk management; personnel and labor relations; and personal development; and numerous other elective courses covering a wide range of topics. Candidates for Advanced Certification must complete additional classes beyond the basic course offerings.
 “The Academy is an excellent tool in helping to prepare public officials for the important jobs they do by giving them the tools to provide exceptional service to the constituents they serve,” said Joe Giles, Erie County council member and president of CCAP. “The program provides Pennsylvania communities with better-quality leaders who are needed to deal with the challenges of today’s county government.”

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Commissioner Rich Fink


The Academy is a voluntary program that began in 1996. More than 100 county officials have graduated from the program and received the certificate since its inception.
CCAP is a statewide, nonprofit, bipartisan association representing the commissioners, chief clerks, administrators, their equivalents in home rule counties and solicitors of Pennsylvania’s 67 counties. Among other activities, the Association provides services and educational opportunities for its members so that they better administer the affairs of their offices to benefit the general public. For more information about CCAP, log on to www.pacounties.org.

~ submitted by County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania

Contact: George J. Skamai
Armstrong County Commissioners’ Office  For Immediate Release
724-548-3214

 
Armstrong County Commissioners proclaim January 2011 Stalking Awareness Month PDF Print E-mail
Written by The Office of the Commissioners   
Monday, 10 January 2011 15:10

At today’s Public Meeting the Armstrong County Board of Commissioners adopted a Proclamation to support HAVIN in their effort to increase awareness of stalking.

Ms. Jan Foradori of HAVIN attended the meeting and described the upcoming training that HAVIN will offer in April to police and other officials that will increase awareness and provide protection while working to put an end to stalking. She stated that stalking is one of the priority issues being addressed in the current grant that HAVIN has received.  Ms. Foradori expressed her appreciation to the Board of Commissioners and the community for the support provided to HAVIN. 

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Commissioner Jim Scahill, Commissioner Patty Kirkpatrick, HAVIN Representative Jan Foradori, Commissioner Rich Fink

~ submitted by Kathleen Rashlich



Contact: George J. Skamai

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Armstrong County Commissioner Graduates From Academy For Excellence In County Government PDF Print E-mail
Written by The Office of the Commissioners   
Friday, 17 December 2010 08:36

Armstrong County Commissioner Patricia Kirkpatrick was honored as she graduated from the County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania (CCAP) Academy for Excellence in County Government within the Advanced Certification Program.   She is shown receiving her certificate from CCAP President Joe Giles and Executive Director Doug Hill.

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Photo shows CCAP Executive Director Doug Hill, Commissioner Patty Kirkpatrick, CCAP President Joe Giles 

The Academy is a certificate-training program for county commissioners, chief clerks, administrators, county solicitors and their home rule counterparts.  Participants complete required courses in leadership, management and decision-making; county legal issues; innovative approaches to county government; county functions and responsibilities; county financial management; risk management; personnel and labor relations; and personal development; and numerous other elective courses covering a wide range of topics.  Candidates for Advanced Certification must complete additional classes beyond the basic course offerings.

 “The Academy is an excellent tool in helping to prepare public officials for the important jobs they do by giving them the tools to provide exceptional service to the constituents they serve,” said Joe Giles, Erie County council member and president of CCAP.  “The program provides Pennsylvania communities with better quality leaders who are needed to deal with the challenges of today’s county government.”

The Academy is a voluntary program that began in 1996.  More than 100 County officials have graduated from the program and received the certificate since its inception.

 CCAP is a statewide, nonprofit, bipartisan association representing the commissioners, chief clerks, administrators, their equivalents in home rule counties and solicitors of Pennsylvania’s 67 counties.  Among other activities, the Association provides services and educational opportunities for its members so that they better administer the affairs of their offices to benefit the general public.  For more information about CCAP, log on to www.pacounties.org.

~ submitted by County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania

Contact: George J. Skamai
Armstrong County Commissioners’ Office  For Immediate Release
724-548-3214
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Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month PDF Print E-mail
Written by The Office of the Commissioners   
Friday, 19 November 2010 16:31

At the November 18, 2010 Public Meeting the Armstrong County Commissioners signed the Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month Proclamation.  November is National Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month.

Ms. Theresa Dukovich, a volunteer and Pittsburgh Affiliate Coordinator for Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, attended the meeting to share some statistics and her personal experience.  Pancreatic cancer is the fourth leading cause of cancer related deaths, yet research for this disease is minimally funded, receiving only two percent of the funding available for cancer research.  There is no cure for pancreatic cancer and there have been no significant improvements in early detection, treatment methods, or survival rates in the last 40 years.  There is only a 6 percent survival rate over five years.  On a positive note the support and volunteer system has increased.  Lisa Swayze has signed on as a spokesperson for the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network.  Ms. Dukovich stated that Pennsylvania was one of the top ten states in the number of proclamations received in 2010, she is grateful of the support that Armstrong County has provided.    Ms. Dukovich’s mother suffered from pancreatic cancer and passed away seven months after being diagnosed.

 Anyone wishing to learn more information about the efforts for advancement, planned events, survivor stories, and tips for healthier living and diet can log onto the official website at: www.pancan.org.


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Commissioner Jim Scahill, Pancreatic Cancer Action Network Volunteer Theresa Dukovich, Commissioner Patty Kirkpatrick, Commissioner Rich Fink 

 Submitted by: Kathy Rashlich ~


Contact: George J. Skamai

Chief Clerk

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